Lost: ALL CHILL.

 If you find it please let me know I’ve been desperately looking for it since I’ve finished this book.

 So I may or may not have started this book on Halloween…and I’ve kind of finished it in the last half of November…DANG YOU MANDATORY SCHOOL READING I SHALL STAB YOUR KNEECAPS!!…Ahem ignore my very lovely relationship with the education system it’s not like I am secretly plotting turning into a dragon and eating everyone.

…back to the book review that’s what we’re here for focus Ioana.

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Rating:

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THIS BOOKS WAS EVERYTHING I’VE EVER WANTED AND SO SO SO MUCH MORE.

My synopsis: Queer witches and weird mythology and mysterious atmosphere and blurred lines between fantasy and contemporary.

Conclusion: this book was written for me and I am pretty sure my name is on it just from that description alone.

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  • EVERYTHING 

  • no but really what DIDN’T I LIKE?

 Let me start at the begging because I’ve heard that’s always a good place to start.

  • The writing was incredibly atmospheric. I could SEE the misty forest and the country side and the houses and the FEEL of it.
  • I want most of this book’s beautiful words tattooed on my face.

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  • The lost things are adorably frustrating. As someone who regularly loses everything (mostly my chill, my memory of how too spell properly, my phone, hair ties, my head someday probably and the pen I was just using 3 seconds ago) it was really frustrating seeing all of the lost things. It hurt my little feelings when the makeup bag was lost because I would’ve freaked or screamed or turned into a raging monster in search for expensive mascara if that happened to me.

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  • The magic. Look as someone that lives in a country where witches are on TV regularly and people believe in magic to some degree I really appreciated it. I love contemporary magic. Regular words and home made spells and incantations are SO INTERESTING TO ME OK.

Ever planted wheat in a yogurt container on St. Andrew for good luck?

Ever wore something red or spit to ward off the curse that comes from too much praise?

Ever slept with flowers under your pillow on the day you celebrate faeries in hopes of dreaming about your future husband?

(I’ll probably dream of books and books and possibly chocolate because apparently eating your husband isn’t socially acceptable?? #rude)

 These are things and customs I’ve grown up with and I still look forward to planting wheat with my grandma every year even now. Growing up seeing witches on the news I ADOREEE reading books about this stuff ok. I don’t think anyone really believes in it anymore but…we do a bit?? I mean..it’s just there existing alongside smartphones and the internet and people here still do these things.

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  • HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS BEING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!! Yes teens smoke sometimes and go to parties sometimes and wear tones of makeup sometimes and are both stupid and smart AT THE SAME TIME sometimes. And I’m glad I got to see some high school students that acted more like the students in MY high school. Realistic.
  • Parents are here…Sometimes…But THEY ARE ALIVE...mostly. I was so glad to see Olive had a great relationship with her parents. It was heartwarming especially since I also have a close relationship with my parentals and FINALLY SOMEONE GETS GROUNDED AND HAS A CURFEW because what’s with all those unrealistic expectation my mom wouldn’t let me alone with my friends at night in the forest either.

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  • QUEER WITCHES ARE WHAT I LIVE FOR. GIVE ME MORE WOMAN LOVING WOMAN WITCHES KTHX THEY ARE A BLESSING TO THE WORLD.

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  • Also girls have different body types and skin colors and one has a disability AND I’M SO GLAD people like that can see themselves represented in badass girls that do magic. Two of the girls are SAID to be curvy and IT’S FINE an they are BEAUTIFUL and Olive is deaf in one ear and has a hearing aid.
  • DID I SAY THIS WAS SET IN IRELAND?? . Look as I said before I have a small (read BIG) particularity for books set in England, Scotland, Ireland all that good stuff. It’s a given that if your book is set in one of the above your book is 500 times better sorry I don’t make the rules.
  • The plot had so much strange weird-y goodness. And I cannot even explain it because I didn’t know anything about it before reading it except the synopsis and the SYNOPSIS KIND OF LIES KIDS never trust synopsis they will betray you.

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  • The fact that I kinda figured out the “plot twist” wayyy before the end. Though it still did satisfy me greatly when it turned out I was right HA. Yes it didn’t ruin the story for me at all (though it usually would’ve).
  • THERE ARE 3 DIFFERENT POVs IN THIS BOOK. Whyyyyyy? Ok I get why but at first it was literal PAIN to get trough. I confused the characters about 500 times before I got their names down. And that happened when I was in the middle of the book.
  •  Ivy needed her own POV! Ok wait I KNOWWWW I’m now contradicting myself BUT. I ended up not really knowing much about her and not sympathizing with her at all. Or maybe we should’ve gotten snippets of her mom’s POV in the present. That would’ve helped me CARE about her at all at the end.

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OVERALL: I’ve lost all chill and this is my second favorite book I’ve read this year. I shall now go read anything this author ever writes or has written in the history of ever and put lavender in socks and light some candles.

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30079439One stormy summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hair clips and jewellery, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something bigger; something she won’t talk about.

Then Olive meets three wild, mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel and Rowan. Like Rose, they’re mourning losses – and holding tight to secrets.

When they discover the ancient spellbook, full of hand-inked charms to conjure back lost things, they realise it might be their chance to set everything right. Unless it’s leading them towards secrets that were never meant to be found . . .

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What did YOU think of this book? Are there any weirdly magical customs in YOUR country? Any tips on how does one find their lost chill? And did you notice how I only used Adventure Time GIFs? (It was a coincidence ok)

LET ME KNOW.

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12 thoughts on “Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle // Queer witches and formidable weirdness

  1. DAMN IM SO GLAD YOU LIKED THIS. Becuase for me, It was quite “meh” I MEAN I LOVED IT, but I think I KEPT ON comparing it to The Accident Season SO LIKE,,, I FELT IT WASN’T AS MESSED UP (if that is even possible!) I REALLY REALLY HOPE YOU READ + ENJOY TAS because it’s honestly one of my FAVOURITES of EVER and like ugh, I just love it so much okay? IT IS 10 TIMES MORE SCREWED AND MAGICAL THAN THIS ONE. i promise.

    Queer witches and parents and a magical plot was DEFINITELY what worked for me. I honestly didn’t mind the POV’s but I JUST FEEL THE MAGICAL REALISM wasn’t done as well as The aCcident season. OKAY I SHALL STOP RANTING ABOUT TAS

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    1. 1. THIS AUTHOR IS NOW MY LIFE AND I WILL READ ANYTHING BY HER EVER and 2. I’m sooo glad I read this before TAS! Most definitely that one is also on my tbr but I’m glad I kinda got to enjoy it more!!

      And you’ve had me sold at “10 times more screwed up” BECAUSE I’M SO HERE FOR PAIN AND TRAGEDY bring itttttt.

      (I now only need to find where to buy it from…somewhere…sigh…do you think that if I go around calling for it with dog treats it will appear??…because online and bookstores LET ME DOWN HARD)

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    1. THE MAGIC IS TOTALLY WORTH IT (but then again when isn’t it??). I am so glad my fangirl-y-ness (IT’S A WORD OK) all over this book shows because it’s my second favourite read of this year and I THINK THIS REVIEW IS VERY ASDFGHJKL but I had mostly no words (Guess I lost those too huh).
      Thank youu for commenting ❤!!!

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  2. AHHH it makes me so, so happy that you enjoyed this book so much. I feel like not enough people have read it, and it is magical and fabulous ❤ ❤ I really love Doyle's writing style, it's really beautiful and quite unique, plus the atmosphere she always creates in every single one of her books is AMAZING. SO glad you enjoyed it! I hope you'll read The Accident Season next? And that you'll love it? 😀

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    1. She’s now one of my favourite authors ever NO DOUBT!! This book was everything I wanted in a book ever?? It’s like she’s read my mind and put it in a book and then added some magical writing sprinkels to it?? AND OF COURSE I’LL READ THE ACCIDENT SEASON but I just have to find it somewhere (like I actually randomly found this book in the store and bought it which is kind of fitting isn’t it?) which is harrddd but sales are coming this friday so wish me luuck.

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    1. Yes get your hands on it and read itttt!! Super excited to hear you think of it because oh wowie did this one surprise me. I hope you like it when you get to it and that I didn’t overhype it too much *hides behind bookshelves because I get so awkward and I’m scared of over overhyping books for people*

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